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Alex Ritman

U.K. Correspondent

Alex Ritman oversees U.K. TV, film and awards news, interviews and features from his base in London. He also covers various festivals — including Cannes, Berlin and Venice — and reports on the Middle East. Career highlights since joining THR include winning an award for his coverage of the 1MDB corruption scandal, being the first journalist to break news of the so-called Hollywood Con Queen, writing in-depth profile pieces on the likes of Rob Delaney, Daniel Radcliffe, Letitia Wright, Vanessa Kirby and Paul Mescal, and seeing his exclusive story about a CGI James Dean satirized by The Onion. Oh, and a 90-minute Zoom interview with Jean-Claude Van Damme.

More from Alex Ritman

Cairo Film Festival Canceled as Violence Escalates in Middle East

The Cairo Film Festival, which was set to run Nov. 15-24, has been canceled as violence continues to rise in the Middle East due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. In a short statement on social media, the event organizers said that the decision to postpone the 45th edition of the festival was made by the […]

Kevin Spacey Receives Standing Ovation at Oxford University Lecture on Cancel Culture

In what is thought to have been his first public appearance in the U.K. since being found not guilty of sexual assault charges in a highly publicized London trial, Kevin Spacey received a standing ovation by an audience at Oxford University on Monday, Oct. 16, after giving a performance as part of a lecture on […]

AFM: Chuck Norris, Vanilla Ice, Sophie Monk Board ‘Zombie Plane’ (Exclusive)

The unlikely trio of 1980s action hero Chuck Norris, 1990s pop star Vanilla Ice and Australian singer-turned-actress Sophie Monk have joined the action-comedy Zombie Plane from Australian production and distribution banner Radioactive and U.S. production company Entertainment Squad (a subsidiary of Studio Dome). Zombie Plane centers on a secret government organization that recruits celebrities to […]

Riz Ahmed Calls for End to Israel’s “Indiscriminate Bombing of Gaza’s Civilians” and “Morally Indefensible War Crimes”

With the death toll in Gaza rising as Israel continues its military offensive, launched in response to Hamas’ deadly terror attacks, Riz Ahmed has made an emotional plea for the violence to come to an end. Writing on his social media accounts, the actor called for an end to “morally indefensible war crimes,” including Israel’s […]

BAFTA Sets Initiatives to Address Socio-Economic Inequality in Industry

With the cost-of-living crisis severely impacting both people working in the film and TV industry and those who might be looking to join, the British Academy has set out a number of initiatives aimed at improving social mobility and tackling class inequality in the screen industries. Announced Monday, the initiative has seen £277,000 ($336,000) awarded […]

London Film Festival Closes With ‘The Kitchen’ World Premiere and (Another) Protest by U.K. Crew

The 2023 BFI London Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night in the British capital with the world premiere of The Kitchen, Netflix’s dystopian thriller co-directed by Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya in the actor’s feature debut behind the camera. The film, set in a rundown housing project in a near-future London and […]

The 35 Most Powerful Women in International Television

The writers and actors strikes in Hollywood, and the related issues of AI and the disruption of business models brought on by global streaming platforms, have dominated industry discussions this year, overshadowing debates over gender equity, diversity and inclusion. But the progress in those areas continues, noted by groups like the 50:50 Equality Project, a […]

‘Starve Acre’ Director Daniel Kokotajlo on Why Folk Horror Is Having a Cinematic Moment

For his 2017 feature debut, Brit director Daniel Kokotajlo delved into his own personal experiences growing up as a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Apostasy, a remarkable drama that opened a window into the strict Christian sect he had long since turned his back on, was celebrated as one of the most daring and powerful […]

‘Rings of Power’ Star Morfydd Clark on Returning to Horror With ‘Starve Acre’: “It’s Nice to Be Seen as Spooky and Creepy”

It’s a been quite a life-changing few years for Morfydd Clark. After breaking out as a troubled and God-fearing palliative care nurse in A24’s wonderfully unsettling and critically lauded psychological horror Saint Maud, which was finally released in 2021 after several pandemic delays, the fast-rising Welsh actress headed straight to Middle-earth, fronting The Rings of […]

Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival Postponed Due to Conflict Between Israel, Hamas

The sixth edition of Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival, which was set to start on Friday, has been pushed back by two weeks due to the dramatic escalation in violence between Israel and Hamas and a rising civilian death toll. “In light of the deeply troubling circumstances resulting in the loss of innocent lives, El […]

‘Within Sand,’ First Saudi Arabian Film to Be Shot in Neom, Gets Trailer

Middle East and North Africa-focused distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and Saudi Arabia-based producer Al Sarid Films have launched the trailer for the Saudi Arabian epic Within Sand, the first Saudi film to be shot in Neom, the region of the country set to be home to a proposed $500 billion megacity. The film is […]

Jeymes Samuel on His Bold, All-Black Biblical Epic ‘The Book of Clarence,’ Wanting People to Think “Wow, I Haven’t Seen That Before”

Back in 2021, the BFI London Film Festival opened in the most audacious and A-list manner seen in many years. With the curtain-raising slot usually reserved for more somber, prestige dramas, Netflix’s all-star, all-Black rootin’ tootin’ Western The Harder They Fall — with an ensemble cast including Regina King, Idris Elba, LaKeith Stanfield, Jonathan Majors, Delroy Lindo and Zazie Beets — brought the house down, with […]